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New City Striker? Definitely Maybe

Halfway through January, the promising Mexican Nery 'El Diablo' Castillo and Iraqi unknown quantity Nashat Akram are the only additions to The MCFC Sven Revolution.

Castillo has certainly put in plenty of effort following his arrival, but an out and out striker, he clearly is not. It's fingers crossed that the shoulder injury he sustained last night proves to be not as serious as first thought. Svennis needs all options available.

Our third encounter of the season with West Ham and our umpteenth narrow scoreline have once again highlighted the glaring need for a striker who knows where the onion bag is.

French daily 'Le Parisen' reports this morning that Bayern Munich's exciting Lukas Podolski 'is in contact with Manchester City.'

Bayern's President Karl-Heinz Rummenigge publicly acknowledged City's interest but declared that the German International will remain at the club.

The other striker who has yet again been media touted for a move to City is Newcastle's Michael Owen. It transpires that the injury ravaged yet capable goalscorer does not get on with the newly re-installed Barcode messiah Mad Kev. So much so, that he went into print about it, referring in his book to less than enjoyable times under Keegan with Ingurland. He felt he was singled out by KK as a scapegoat, no less.

If City fail to recruit up front this fortnight, then our European challenge is going to look pretty tame strikerwise as Vassell and Bianchi cannot be relied upon to fire the bullets usually provided by Petrov.

Mpenza has drifted hopelessly out of contention having succumbed again to the many injuries that have blighted his career and the brilliance of Sturridge and the power of Bojinov are not going to be seen realistically until the spring. Outside of Evans and Miller out on loan, the rest of the strikers on our books just don't bear thinking about.

Of course, the team could also use more balance. If West Ham, going into Episode 4 of this season's City-Hammers saga have not yet worked out how to cut off Petrov's supply line then it's time to give over. We need to create more from the right, and Svennis will certainly be well aware of it.

He'll know there is a need for some reinvention in this City team if we are to remain contenders. Whether he and Frank can bring in the quality of Samir Nasri from Marseille during what is very often a difficult January transfer window big name signings-wise is another story.

Who get's your vote for the January sales?





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Writer: Johnny Baguette Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 17 2008

Time: 12:06PM

Your Comments

As you say January is not the best time to make signings as prices go up as Clubs get desperate to qualify for Europe or avoid relegation. Sven has made it perfectly clear that they will not be held to ransom with inflated prices so it wouldn't surprise me if he sticks with what he has got if he cannot get his intended signings for realistic prices. With Sturridge, Bojinov and Johnson nearing full fitness it would not be the end of the world to finish in the top seven and make a big push in the summer for quality siginings to take us into the top four.
alphieblues
We're linked to Daniel Guiza at Mallorca at the moment. Wouldn't mind him. Big burly fella who knows where the net is!
Twosips
One things for sure, our attack needs bolstering. Whether that comes from within the squad or elsewhere, indeed Mallorca, who knows! There could be something in that Owen story. City are now 6/4 favourite to sign Owen ahead of the rags...
Johnny Baguette
Can we afford to upset the wage structure for Owens signature ???
alphieblues
Well, if we do start signing big names, the wage structure is going to go to bollox. Could be the case for holding on to Dunney and Micah. Depends how bad the rift is between hopalong and KK.
Johnny Baguette
"Daniel Guiza at Mallorca" - so are we!!! anyway, based on your perfomance at west ham, you need a new striker...badley!
pompeycarpet
Need a clear and present striking threat, that's for sure, pc! If only Sturridge and Bojinov were fit!!
Johnny Baguette
i love the writers on this site and how they are very good at getting the correct info, i hope this one works out for you as for the first time in years some team outside the big five have a chance
ozanne park rangers
May thanks, ozanne! We Blues are in a strange predicament right now. Should we be content to settle for what we have and maybe a little less, considering what we have endured down the years? Or should we push the club on to sieze the moment and strive to build upon the miraculous position we find ourselves in? I'm strongly for the latter considering all the hard work put in so far.
Johnny Baguette
The MUEN are boldly predicting that Bianchi will follow Dabo through the Eastlands exit door any day now, on loan to an Italian side in his case. They say the decision rests with him. I'll be disappointed if he goes as he has had tremendous support and is showing real promise but realise that there was no way all of Sven's eight summer signings would have been successful. The immediate concern is for sunday. If Bianchi is offski, then he is hardly going to put in a full shift is he, if he figures at all?! Bobbit Dickov phoenix from the flames, anyone?!!
Johnny Baguette
dont stop now, wheny your having a good time, having a good time, dont go and stop at all! thats the message the queen gives you...oh no, wait, i think im a little confused...but you, everton, and villa have the best chance a team has had for braking the trend - go for it!
pompeycarpet
Apparently, we're going to have to break the wage structure to keep Mica anyway!
Ghost of 76
I believe that the Players that SGE wants are not available now and with Franks money still in the freezer, funds are a little difficult at the moment. Of course I would love to press ahead, but would not want to buy my B listed players when I can wait a few months and the ones I really want. I also believe he should hang onto Bianchi.
Buzz Lightyear
I think the return of a fit Michael Johnson will have a good effect on the team display, together with Elano they cover each other in the centre of midfield. and recently the balance has been off. We do need cover for Hamann. Could Corluka do that if Didi gets another card and a ban? I for one am really pleased with our season, but are we really equipped for an assault on Europe next season certainly not the CL.
Buzz Lightyear
Oh dear Lawro has got us down for a win on Sunday !!!
alphieblues
and to score more than one goal at that. wheres the smelling salts
Buzz Lightyear
Gutierrez 'the Greyhound' may be on his way says the City website. He can play either wing or down the middle and is an Argentinian international. A bit weird though as he dons a spider-man mask when scoring. Anyway, he sounds like what we need (minus the mask). I'd like to keep Bianchi for a bit longer. he's not really had a long run and can hit the target. Unlucky midweek not to score himself, especially since he laid the ball off to Petrov initially.
Barney Daniels
BD especially if you have service from both side, he poaches his goals just like greavsey used to.
Buzz Lightyear
Time to fight with KK fo the big money signings.
storagematt
Time to fight with KK for the big money signings.
storagematt
Barney Daniels, You are right, for analysis of the first three teams, Start the picture become clear & becouse I forgot where you had wrote this analysis, Therefore, I wrote this observation here.
city 81
Oh dear Lawro has got us down for a win on Sunday !!! alphieblues - do you have problems with loosing whenever he predicts a win too?!?!?
pompeycarpet
Mad Kev is in for Defoe and SWP already. Crouch not up for moving either. All eyes on the City boardroom for some movement.
Johnny Baguette
pompeycarpet... He has forecast us to lose nearly every match this season, so when he tips us to win, a bad omen.
alphieblues
he forecast us to loose every match (or so) this season - and when i finally predicted a win for us against spurs, boro, sunderland etc - we lost! seems like he isnt very good at predicting is he ?
pompeycarpet
JB, Keegan more coach love to play attack, Thank God we finished confrontations against Newcastle.
city 81
KK Will have a very difficult job this time round you can't just attack in the Premiership anymore defences are too well organised. I am afraid it will all go pearshaped for them especially when he has spent £50 million or so on attacking players in a team who can't defend.
alphieblues
The activity in the City boardroom appears to be focused right now on reorganisation as Dr. T is preparing his return into Thailand. Mr. Tyrell has informed the MUEN that City will appoint an international Exec to run alongise Mr. Mackintosh in Mcr. These are continued big developments at MCFC and form the background for all Sven's team building. What a whirlwind seven months.
Johnny Baguette
JB, Here the news is about what you spoke about. http://www.fulhamweb.com/fulhamweb/news/result.asp?article_id=3927&Type=1
city 81
Cheers, city 81! MUEN is AGAIN saying Bianchi is going. If the lad doesn't want to play for us, I can understand it and there is nothing Svennis can do, but when I look at the Hammers cup game, Vassell didn't have a shot on goal in 70 minutes and Bianchi hit the post. It will be a great shame if he leaves. If he follows The Greek Tragedy's exit, then we are looking very thin on the ground for available strikers and MUST recruit.
Johnny Baguette
Bianchi when become slightly adapt with the team, he wants to leave !!
city 81
Geovanni's agent has also confirmed he wants to leave. Looks like a mid winter clearout is on the cards!
Johnny Baguette
...and Kelvin Koogan has just made Hopalong Owen his captain! A please stay with us sweetener if ever there was one!!
Johnny Baguette
:) OK we will stay, But the news has become an unpleasant for us, There news about Offers for Irland & Ounaho to join Aston Villa.
city 81
For sure Ireland or Onuoha won't be going anywhere it's just the media trying to rock the boat again.
alphieblues
alphieblues, Sevn also said that (They not go anywhere ).
city 81
 

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